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Legal briefs: Ruling torpedoes key SPP changes on housing; A303 Stonehenge bypass DCO quashed

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 31 July-6 August, 2021

Ruling torpedoes key SPP changes on housing

A recent Edinburgh Court of Sessions ruling has quashed key amendments to Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) in respect of housing published in December 2020.

The Planner

A303 Stonehenge bypass DCO quashed

The High Court has quashed the development consent order (DCO) for the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down in Wiltshire past the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.

The Planner

Judge quashes Welsh minister’s Caerphilly homes decision

Housebuilder Persimmon Homes has successfully challenged a decision by a Welsh minister to overturn a planning inspector’s decision in favour of a development in Caerphilly. Persimmon had applied to build 300 homes at Bedwellty This was rejected by Caerphilly County Borough Council, but Persimmon won on appeal. Minister for housing and local government Julie James then overturned the inspectors’ decision and Persimmon went to court.

Local Government Lawyer

3,000-home Aylesbury development heading to court

A local environmental group says it has amassed £38,000 in one week from donors who want it to legally challenge Buckinghamshire Council outline planning approval for a 3,000-home development at Hampden Fields near Aylesbury.

Local Government Lawyer

Judicial review for Poole bridge decision

Campaigners have been granted permission for a judicial review challenge to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s decision to reopen a single lane road under “Keyhole Bridge” in Poole to traffic. In August 2020 Keyhole Bridge was closed to traffic under an experimental traffic order.

Local Government Lawyer

Ballsbridge flats challenge fails

A High Court judge has declined to overturn a fast-track permission for 105 apartments on a site in Ballsbridge, Dublin despite identifying an error in that permission. The site at Herbert Park Road includes the demolished former home at No 40 of the 1916 Rising leader Michael Joseph O’Rahilly, ‘The O’Rahilly’, the only leader killed while fighting.

Irish Times

Cherwell local plan challenge fails

An umbrella alliance of local amenity groups has failed in a High Court bid to quash Cherwell District Council’s local plan partial review. Mrs Justice Thornton rejected claims by Cherwell Development Watch Alliance that a planning inspector’s decision on housing numbers had ignored important evidence and was irrational over the provision of a replacement golf course.

Local Government Lawyer

Bromley wins green belt injunction

The London Borough of Bromley has obtained a six-month extension to an injunction forbidding any development work associated with the stationing of any mobile home or caravan in  a field in the green belt at Halstead.

Local Government Lawyer